- Thu Jun 5, 2014
When Jesus Christ knocks at the door. He finds two types of men. One man runs. The other man opens the door. One man's commitment is insincere. The other man is eager to go to work with God. One man fears his charade will be exposed. The other man sees himself as a work in progress. One man knows that he habitually lies to himself. The other man works with God to deal with his shortcomings. One man makes himself scarce so no one will see who he really is. The other man allows others to see his progress. One man pretends to know God. The other man partners with God and gives Him credit for the good work that the truth accomplished in his life.
When the mirror of truth is turned on a man, he will either face it or flee.
What will you do? Face it or flee?
- Wed Jun 4, 2014
Many say that total sexual fulfillment comes from total freedom, exploration of new things, and tons of creativity. But just as political freedom flourishes within the context of moral restraint and borders, sexual freedom and fulfillment can exist within the context of loving restraints and borders.
Why are borders so important? When we stay within the borders, we're meeting the terms of sexual oneness. When we cross the borders, we aren't.
It's far better to respect the borders. You may have less variety, but within the borders your wife can give her full creativity and ingenuity. After all, people get very good at whatever they practice a lot.
- Tue Jun 3, 2014
Caleb had a spine to match his great heart. For God's purposes that made all the difference. When the Israelites, after departing Egypt, were directed by God to cross the Jordan and posses the Promised Land they sent scouts ahead to check it out. Caleb's friends returned from their mission believing the place to which God was calling them could not be conquered.
But Caleb, the man with an undivided heart and a strong spine, saw the situation differently. He called on the people to believe God's promise and to be committed.
Sadly, the people were swayed by the majority opinion, but for his faithfulness, Calab was one of two men in his generation to see the Promised Land.
But because my servant Caleb has a different spirit
and follows me wholeheartedly, I will bring him into
the land he went to and his descendants will
inherit it. (NUMBERS 14:24)
Caleb found the new place God had called him to inherit. God is calling you to a new place. This new place can be conquered.
- Mon Jun 2, 2014
Even if God does miraculously free you in a moment of time, if you don't learn to flee, you can fall right back into your addiction. Your eyes, like a broken sewage pipe, will continue to carry in sewage and leak it into your life.
That is why we not only need to fight on the spiritual front by praying, but we also have to fight on the physical front with our will by fleeing.
What does fleeing look like in practice? Simple: It is cutting off those sensual images that create that mental pop! Bouncing the eyes is one form of fleeing. Starving the mind of new images and taking lustful thoughts captive are two others. Fleeing into a deeper relationship with God through regularly reading the Bible is a fourth.
Have you declared war on both fronts of the battle for sexual purity?
Have you won on both fronts?
- Sun Jun 1, 2014
Israel's King Josiah was only twenty-six years of age when he faced a situation of neglect for God's standards. In 2 Chronicles 34 we read how a copy of God's Law--long forgotten--had been found during a large-scale renovation of the temple. Then he listened as this Law was read aloud to him--bringing inescapably to his attention God's standards and the people's failure to live up to them.
Josiah didn't say, "Oh come on, we've lived this way for years. Let's not get legalistic about all this!" No, he was horrified. He tore his robes as a sign of grief and despair. "Great is the Lord's anger," he said as he immediately acknowledged his people's negligence, sought God's further guidance, and immediately led the entire nation in a thorough return to obedience to God's standards.
Knowing that God's standard is the standard of true life, Josiah rose up and tore down everything that was in opposition to God.
Josiah removed all the detestable idols from all the territory belonging to the Israelites, and he had all who were present in Israel serve the Lord their God. (2 CHRONICLES 34:33)